"Sources told the Financial Post" [a Canadian newspaper] that Autodesk will lay off 400 employees of Alias, which is located in Canada. The highend3d.com Web site counters with corrections from Autodesk: no, 400 are not being laid off.
The real number of layoffs? "Redundancies are a sensitive topic, and to respect those affected, we do not release names or number of staff affected." But a few lines later comes this insensitive news: "There will be redundancies in North America for both Alias and Autodesk -- redundancies from both companies." Oh great, now every Autodesk employee gets to worry about potentially being on the chopping block.
Highend3D notes that the newspaper ran a correction on other incorrect facts in their story, but not the number of layoffs. I suppose because Autodesk says that they don't announce the number of layoffs doesn't mean the number can't be 400 -- if you follow my double negative.
Still, the number "400" is excessive, considering that Alias has 600 employees worldwide. I suspect the leaked number came from an disgruntled Alias emplopyee with a recent pink slip [layoff notice] in hand. According to Dilbert's Law of Redundencies, the percentage of employees laid off following acquisitions is 15%.
15% of 600 is 90.